California Grill to Close for Renovations

It has been recently announced that the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will close on January 6th, 2013 for renovations.  As of right now, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings says that the California Grill is blocked out until July 20th, 2013 but that date could be pushed back even further.

Disney’s California Grill is home to the Napa and Sonoma rooms. These are popular reception choices for their gorgeous panoramic views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom.

The Napa room is a coveted choice for it’s access to the observation deck which makes the nightly “Wishes” fireworks show, at Magic Kingdom, a magical ending to your Disney wedding.

We’re pretty excited to see what the new California Grill will look like when it’s all finished, how about you?

Featured Venue Fridays: Napa Room

This week’s Featured Venue post includes images from Disneymooner Jill’s Napa Room reception, from her Photographer Egomedia Photography.

The California Grill, located at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a great choice for a bride and groom who want incredible views of along with top-notch cuisine.

See our recent venue review of the main dining room reception. Receptions in the main dining room must end before 3 p.m., however couples wanting an evening reception can utilize one of the restaurants two other private rooms. The Napa Room and Sonoma room offer secondary options for brides and grooms interested in this captivating venue. The Napa Room seats 50 and has a view of the Magic Kingdom. The Napa room can be used for morning or evening receptions and events starting after 4:00p.m. will have a higher food and beverage minimum.

One of the greatest aspects of using the Napa Room for and veining reception is a private show of Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. If timed correctly, you and your guests could see a one of a kind view of this incredible fireworks display.

The Sonoma Room is a great location for the cocktail area for Napa Room events, or even for those weddings with a smaller guests list. The Sonoma Room seats 40 guests and has a wonderful view of Bay Lake. Even though the room does not offer a view of the Magic Kingdom, guests and couples cold use the walk way from California Grill to see the fireworks display.

Brides and Grooms wanting to use this venue should consult their planner regarding which room and time frame will work best for their event.

See what Disneymooners are saying about the Napa and Sonoma Rooms at The California Grill on our private forums.

Please  check out our latest Featured Venue Friday Reviews as well.

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Sea Breeze Point

The Yacht Club Wedding Gazebo

Disneyland Resort’s Rose Garden Gazebo

Grand Floridian Ballrooms

White Hall Patio at the Grand Floridian

Featured Venue Fridays: California Grill

This week’s Featured Venue post was written by Disneymooner Heather, who used the main dining area for her wedding. Images are from Paul Triller Photography. To read more about her wedding and others please join our private forums.

The California Grill, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a great choice for a bride and groom who want a view of the lakes and Magic Kingdom area.

You can fit up to 150 guests in the main dining room. Tables for 4, 6, 8, and 10 can be set up to accommodate your guests. The main dining room can be used for brunch and lunch receptions only. The Napa and Sonoma rooms can also be used for dinner receptions.

With wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Magic Kingdom, guests will be stunned by the views. California Grill is perfect for a bride who likes minimal décor.

The food was absolutely amazing. We had a brunch buffet that the guests were still raving about months (and even a couple of years!) later. The chefs at the California Grill generally do not allow a tasting, but if you’ve ever eaten dinner there, you can get a very good idea of what type of meal you’re in for.

Brides and Grooms wanting to use this venue should consult their planner regarding which room and time frame will work best for their event.

Events in the main dining rooms area must end before 3 p.m.  Those couples who wish to plan their event to coincide with Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, could utilize the smaller private rooms : Napa and Sonoma. Stay tuned for a venue review of the Napa Room Next!

Here’s what Disneymooners are saying about California Grill on our forums:

To us the view said everything we wanted it to and more. Everyone kept asking us ‘Why Disney?’ before the wedding, and once they got to California Grill, they all said ‘Now we get it’. It was magical and perfect!’

– Heather (used main dining room)

Be sure to join our private forums to find out more detail on this venue including more pictures and wedding recaps.